West Coast Climate Action Network (WE-CAN)
The purpose of the West Coast Climate Action Network (WE-CAN) is to serve, support, amplify and promote the climate action work of its member organizations. So far, 172 climate action organizations based in BC have joined. Transition Sooke is a founding member. The official launch will be on Tuesday October 5, 2021. WE-CAN is building a new website, and developing two database/inventories, one for all of BC’s climate action groups; so that we can all understand what each group is doing, and the other for BC’s many Indigenous climate action initiatives. Our new Municipal and Rural Engagement Team is developing plans to support climate-action-committed candidates in the October, 2022 Municipal Elections. Plans are also underway to hold a Transportation Solutions Forum in October, 2021. For more information, contact Lily.
Transition Sooke’s Water Group continues to seek new members. Contact Lynn for more information. Topics of discussion will include greywater management and water conservation. For more information, visit the new page on Transition Sooke’s website: Water Group.
Pesticide Education Group - Sooke Ban on Cosmetic Pesticides
In 2017 a group of Sooke Transition members met to discuss lobbying to have a “Ban on Cosmetic Pesticides” bylaw created in Sooke. “The Pesticide Education” group was created.
In 2018 expecting the Province to have legislated a pesticide use restriction law the groups lobbying efforts were shelved. Recently, it has come to light that a municipal bylaw is required as it appears the Province is not moving forward with any legislation. The committee has re-activated and will be presenting to Sooke Council in September in hopes of having a bylaw in place before next spring.
Please go to this link if you are interested in becoming part of the Pesticide Education committee please email.
Transition Sooke Supports EMCS ECO Academy
At a recent meeting, Transition Sooke Active Members unanimously supported the EMCS ECO Academy with a grant of $1,000 for the 2021-22 school year. The grant provides two $415 student bursaries and additional funding for materials up to $170. The bursaries are for students who have financial barriers to participating.
“We are excited for the ECO Academy at EMCS as it launches its program for grades 9 and 10,” said Lily Mah-Sen, Board Member of Transition Sooke. “Clearly, Transition Sooke is aligned with this important new program of nature and community-based learning, combining curriculum from Sciences, Food Studies, Community Connections, and Sustainability courses. Transition Sooke hopes to explore possible partnerships with the ECO Academy as well as volunteer involvement in activities such as beach clean-ups, removal of invasive species, and more.”